WINDHOEK, June 25 (Xinhua) -- South Africa won the 2016 Cosafa Castle Cup after narrowly beating Botswana by 3-2 at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek Saturday.
Although Botswana took an early lead when Onkabetse Makgantai found the back of the net 15 minutes into the game, South Africa were lucky to get a penalty kick in the 32nd minute when Boitumelo Mafolo fouled Gift Motupa, who converted the kick to level the scoreline.
Thabiso Kutumela put South Africa in the lead when he tapped an easy ball into goal in the 66th minute but Botswana came back when the South African keeper Reyaad Pieterse let slip a long free kick to level the scores.
South Africa were awarded a second penalty in the 86th minute. The penalty kick was taken by Motupa again who slotted the goal in to put South Africa in the lead.
This was South Africa's fourth time to win the Cosafa Castle Cup, while Botswana was trying for the first time to take the trophy home.
Before the final Saturday, Swaziland had beaten the DRC to walk away with the bronze. Enditem